Fabrication

Andrea Moorhead, in Stride, writing about (and quoting from) Rupert Loydell’s Contextual Studies (Broken Sleep Books, 2018):

 

“What is a poet? A fabricator who understands that ‘it does not matter what things are, only what the relationship between them is’.”

 

 

Turbine

Trace DePass, author of Self-Portrait as the Space Between Us (PANK Books, 2018), interviewed by Mary McLaughlin Slechta in Great Weather for Media:

 

“I like poetry with few easy answers, mostly just the turbine of questions.”

 

 

Barometer

Taylor Mali, interviewed by Heather Lang in The Literary Review, about Mali’s book The Whetting Stone (Rattle, 2017):

 

“… humor is a kind of built-in barometer of understanding…”

 

 

Rhythm

Johanna Skibsrud, author of The Description of the World (Wolsak & Wynn, 2016), interviewed by Alexandra Pasian in carte blanche:

 

“I like that literature can do that for us: cause us to slow down and actually notice the structure and rhythm of language and, therefore, also of the world around us.”

 

 

Miniaturized

F. Daniel Rzicznek, writing in The Literary Review about Mark Irwin’s A Passion According to Green (New Issues, 2017):

 

“… nothing can be miniaturized to the point of disappearance…”

 

 

Identity

Briana McDonald, writing in The Literary Review about Lee Upton’s Visitations (LSU Press, 2017):

 

“Much like art, identity is defined through others’ interpretations.”

 

 

Undervalued

Jonathan Farmer, writing in Kenyon Review, about Paisley Rekdal’s Imaginary Vessels (Copper Canyon Press, 2016):

 

“It’s worth noting here that health, like talent, is more fortune than achievement and that unlike talent, it is not essential to good or great art. But it can, like any gift, be shared, and its presence in poetry seems undervalued…”

 

 

Silence

Hayden Bergman, writing in The Literary Review about As an Alien in a Land of Promise, by Hank Kalet and Sherry Rubel (Piscataway House Publications, 2016):

 

“Some of the most affecting poetry is that which somehow speaks in the silence when the poem has ended…”

 

 

Destruction

Diane Josefowicz, writing in Singapore Unbound about Shubigi Rao’s book Pulp (Rock Paper Fire, 2016):

 

“If the history of the destruction of books teaches anything, it is that books tend to bother people who value power more than truth. Because books are read and understood in many ways, they threaten settled and conventional ways of knowing.”

 

Silently

Aminah Abutayeb, writing in The Literary Review about Adam Giannelli’s Tremulous Hinge (Univ. of Iowa Press, 2017):

 

“Shadow speaks to the surface of the earth but only presents itself when and where it is asked to; it has to maneuver swiftly and silently without being heard.”